Thanks go out to Wine Chateau, a family-owned online and bricks & mortar wine retailer based in New Jersey, who provided us with a sample of this wine.
Bila-Haut, composed of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, is a wine grown in the Roussillon commune of Latour-de-France. The plots where this wine hails are located on the slopes of the high Agly Valley, composed of gneiss and schist from the Devonian Period.
In the glass, it’s a deep, dense garnet. So let’s take it for a whirl.
On the nose, there are black currants, raspberry, spices, figs and chocolate. much of the same carrier through to the palate: the dark berries, a hint of chocolate, and coffee notes. This wine has lovely balance. Medium tannins and a comfortable load of fruit, the 2010 is not at all heavy. The alcohol clocks in at a solid 14% but it’s a smooth fourteen, without any burn.
It also provides great value, and looks like a good value – maybe even too good as Wine Chateau looks to be completely sold out at the moment.
About M. Chapoutier:
M. Chapoutier has a two hundred year old history in the Rhone Valley, and is now also in the Roussillon. Chapoutier’s own vineyards and the vineyards they source from are either organically or biodynamically cultivated.